Dear Shabazz Community,

First semester grades are in, and hopefully they reflect all the great work our students accomplished in the first semester. Our wonderful students should be settling into their second semester classes and routines, and receiving support when needed. 

Our newsletter is a little longer than in months past. Please take a moment to thoroughly read all the fantastic things that we have going on within Malcolm Shabazz City High School.
Mary Jankovich
The staff of Shabazz is deeply committed to helping our students find success during these very difficult times. Below are some of our commitments to you as a community member of Shabazz.

The staff of Shabazz will…
  • Always support students to bravely learn about themselves
  • Commit to be co-conspirators in dismantling white supremacy 
  • Help foster a strong classroom community that will help students learn and grow
  • Always problem solve when students are not finding success
  • Make ourselves available to connect and chat, community connection is so important
  • Be a positive and encouraging advocate for student success
  • Weave anti-racist practice into our classrooms, exploring our own implicit bias
  • Make space for student passions and interests in the classroom


The staff of Shabazz
Handy Quick Links and Monthly Calendar
February is Black History Month
Events, Resources, Student Work
Calendar Highlights
*Student Support Days

Student Support Days are very important days in which students can have a one-on-one meeting with their teachers in order to receive the direct support that they need to finish the quarter/semester strong.

Please note that it is the student's responsibility to sign up (can be multiple times) to work directly with their teacher. Parents and guardians, please assist with this support and check in with your student to ensure they sign up with their teacher and get what is needed. Thank you!
NEW: Curbside Library Checkout/Dropoff

Shabazz students may now check out library books online. Every other Wednesday from 11 am - 1 pm, starting February 3, students can pick up or drop off library books using the tub which will be located in front of the school, just off the parking lot. Students must check out books online by the Tuesday before checkout day. All information here or email Lynn at for assistance. 
Click on the Celebration Image Below to See Highlights from Semester 1 Virtual Classes at Shabazz
Update to Monday VLT Meetings!

We are making a slight change to our Monday afternoon "Virtual Learning Team" (VLT) meetings for 2nd semester. We will continue to offer any student that is interested the opportunity to join a Zoom meeting with other students and 2 staff in order to connect with each other and have some fun playing a game or two. However, in the interest of giving students the opportunity to do this with a larger group of peers and to better get to know other staff beyond their VLT leaders, we will be using a single Zoom meeting that will be led by a rotating pair of Shabazz staff every Monday. 

We'd love for any and all students that are interested in connecting with each other, socializing, and having a little fun to join us! Students can find this link in their VLT classroom as well as on their google calendars

Good Vibes!
Read Shabazz staff's reflections on everything positive, inspiring, and encouraging during our first semester. Click on the Jamboard to read all of the Good Vibes!
Shabazz's Anti-Racism Professional Learning Community (ARPLC) or "Our Place"

Shabazz has always been a school where teachers and students feel free to discuss their ideas and opinions. Over the last few years, race and racism has become an increasingly important and popular subject for students and staff. In response to this summer’s (additional /continued) atrocities against innocent and unarmed African Americans the staff knew we needed to do more.This year Shabazz has (made an increased commitment of) committed time and resources for creating a more anti-racist school starting with teacher work.This began with Shabazz developing an Anti-Racism Professional Learning Community, which is essentially a series of gatherings designed to engage in the internal work of anti-racism while building the bravery and knowledge to confront systemic racism.

While there is much more work to be done, we think we are off to a good start. Here are a few of the highlights.

Several staff members opted in to our Building Anti-Racist White Educators group that began last year and continued during the first quarter. This included an exploration of White Cultural Characteristics and how they were impacting our school and our meetings. Keep reading > > >
Consistent School Attendance Key for Student Success

In MMSD the attendance goal is every student attending at a rate of 94% or higher. To be counted as “in attendance” for any given class during virtual school, the student must do one (or more) of the following at some point throughout the day between 12:01 am and 11:59 pm:

  • Attend the synchronous instruction time in Zoom
  • Submit an asynchronous task via Google Classroom
  • Engage in two-way communication with the teacher (via Google Form submission, phone, email, or virtual office hours)
  • Here is the link to the full info about attendance, including the new plan for Wednesday attendance.

Here is a tool students can use if they'd like to help themselves make sure they're taking one of the 3 steps needed to be marked present for each of their classes every day.
ACT Update for Juniors

The district is continuing to plan as if the state-mandated ACT will be given. The state offered dates are March 9, March 23 or April 13. The ACT cannot be given virtually, it must be given in person. If we return to in-person instruction prior to any of these dates, we will be ready to give the ACT.

Please see this document with more specific information about the ACT. It will be updated as things change. Please reach out to Elizabeth Long, Shabazz Counselor with any questions (
Earning Credit Through Experiential Learning

Are you working or regularly volunteering for an organization?

Did you know that MMSD high school students have the opportunity to earn elective high school credit through work or volunteer experience?

You can enroll in the program any time throughout the year and students can earn up to 5 elective credits over the course of high school. Learn more about earning credit through work or volunteer experiences by clicking here!

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Long, Shabazz HS Counselor.

Free College Credit for High School Students

Did you know that as an upcoming Junior or Senior you can take college classes through Madison College or UW Madison for FREE? You can get a head start on the program you’re interested in completing OR begin with one of Madison College’s Academies.

Basic Early Childhood Educator
Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Emergency Medical Responder
Fire Recruit
Fitness Instructor
Medical Office/Scheduler

Check out this video about Early College Opportunities for students. Get more information about specific programs by attending one of the Early College Information Sessions. Applications are available by contacting Elizabeth Long, Shabazz Counselor, and are due March 1, 2021.
Thank You Elizabeth Long - Shabazz School Counselor

Our counselors play an integral role in student success. National School Counseling Week is happening February 1-5 with a focus on the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. We appreciate you Elizabeth!
Student Support Staff Contact Information

Our full-time Student Support Staff are available to our students and families Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. See our Shabazz Student Support Staff page here.
Shabazz Celebration Team Gives Students Recognition for Staying Engaged During This Difficult Time

At the end of Semester 1 the Shabazz Celebration Team honored every student with a hand-written note mailed to their home. Our staff appreciates our students' perseverance in staying engaged in school during this very difficult time. We also encourage any students that found this time challenging to re-engage with virtual school for Semester 2. We believe in you!
Shabazz City High School
1601 Sherman Avenue
Madison WI 53704